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A Visual Journey through Landscapes, Places, Animals and People

Join me as I share my life stories though imagery, created primarily in oil on canvas, or on wood panels. I also work in watercolors, collage, and colored pencil. I use my sketches from the field, along with my own photography to create a visual experience. One usually passes through the landscape, or places in our daily lives, failing to recognize it's uniqueness, emotion, or life. Traveling along our chosen path every day, taking what one sees for granted. One fails to realize that these images will become important elements in our memories. Reflecting upon a landscape which I have recently passed through, or recalling a scene from childhood, brings me the images to paint. The colors and shapes are strong, yet often fragmented images in my mind. The mental “snapshots” when melded together may tell a story, create a mood, or recall a memory. I search for a sense of place, how I relate to it, and the emotions and memories which it evokes. This year I began a new adventure adding people into my work and seeing the new road this leads me to follow.

Recent Works

Penguin Bus Cabbages or China Hiking for Pastry
Penguin Bus, 64.8574ºS • 24"x18" Cabbages or China, 34.9055ºS • 24"x18" Hiking for Pastry • 40"x30"

Contact the Artist

To inquire about purchasing artwork, commissions, or upcoming shows, please reach out via email or phone. Payments will be accepted via PayPal at paypal.me/marybellsteffen.


908-963-6308 • mary@marysteffen.com


Upcoming Exhibitions 

Brookgreen Inspires - Women Create

Brookgreen Gardens

Murrells Inlet, SC

May 3-July 20, 2025
Preview Reception:

May 2, 2025